Major Suman GawaniÂ mentored over 230 UN Military Observers in South Sudan.
For the first time, a UN peacekeeper, Major Suman Gawani, of the Indian Army has sharedÂ theÂ UN Military Gender Advocate awardÂ with another UN peacekeeper from Brazil.
Major Gawani â€“ the first Indian peacekeeper to win the award â€“ shared the award with Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a Brazilian Naval officer, according to UN News.
The award, created in 2016, recognizes the dedication and effort of individual military peacekeepers in promoting theÂ UN principles on Women, Peace and SecurityÂ in peace operations.
Women peacekeepers are nominated by the heads and force commanders of peace operations.
Gawani is a Military Observer, formerly deployed to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), where she mentored over 230 UN Military Observers on conflict-related sexual violence, and ensured the presence of women military observers in each of the Missionâ€™s team sites.
She also trained South Sudanese government forces, and helped them to launch their action plan on conflict-related sexual violence, UN News said.
Expressing happiness at seeing her work recognized, Major Gawani noted that, â€œwhatever our function, position or rank, it is our duty as peacekeepers to integrate an all-genders perspective into our daily work and own it, in our interactions with colleagues as well as with communitiesâ€.
Commending the two women peacekeepers, UN chief AntÃ³nio Guterres described them as powerful role models.
â€œThrough their work, they have brought new perspectives and have helped to build trust and confidence among the communities we serveâ€, he was quoted as saying.
â€œThrough their commitment and innovative approaches, they embrace a standard of excellence that is an inspiration to all blue helmets everywhere. As we confront todayâ€™s challenges, their work has never been more important or relevant.â€